Project Mammogram is a program sponsored by the Northeast Hospital Foundation offering free mammograms and appropriate follow-up care to qualifying area women and men. It also provides breast exams, education, ultrasounds, biopsies and other related services.

Project Mammogram provides more than 600 procedures per year and diagnoses eight to 12 cancer cases annually. This program is well known for the comfort and assurance it offers to patients in the Lake Houston area.

The program began in 2001 with an initial donation of $5,000 from the Kingwood Women's Club. They have continued to support the program with annual donations and volunteer support. Additional funding comes from Northeast Hospital Foundation's annual In the Pink luncheon fundraiser, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, annual grants, support from Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital, and other local groups and organizations.

"This is an amazing program with a long-standing history of local support. Qualification for the program is based on income guidelines, living in the Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital service area, and having no insurance or insurance coverage with high deductibles," said Fran Linton, office manager and volunteer liaison for Project Mammogram.

Linton further added, "Our volunteers and nurses go to the area missions, such as HAAM, Mission NE and Society of St. Stephen, as well as area churches and clinics to sign up applicants, create appointments and determine the care needed. Most of the time, we get results of the services and the patient is given peace of mind. In the event of a suspicious result, they guide the patient through the necessary follow-up activities as needed."

In June 2005, Project Mammogram was honored in Washington, D.C. by the Susan B. Komen Foundation for establishing, operating and exemplifying care as one of the most successful outreach mammogram agencies. Operating from the ground up, this project has become one of the most highly regarded projects nationwide.

"Continuing the timeline of success in history, back in 2011, Joyce White, R.N. and program founding director, was honored at the Susan G. Komen Houston annual awards luncheon as an outstanding director. More recently, the program's current director, Toni Schau, R.N., was honored at the Komen Awards luncheon for the quality of the program," said Linton.

Project Mammogram has since continued its excellence in service and prevention for local men and women. The life-changing procedures within the community have earned a high degree of respect. The program boasts several selfless volunteers such as part-time nurse, Tammy O’Brien, R.N. and many more.

Those in need of services are urged to contact the project leaders to determine if they qualify.

The 12th Annual In the Pink of Health Luncheon is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 18. Another event is the Humble ISD Pink Out game featuring Atascocita vs. Summer Creek Friday, Oct. 25.

To learn more about Project Mammogram, call 281-540-6443 on any business day after 1 p.m.

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